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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Cisco says Wireless Networks need to catch up with Fixed Networks - Getting more and more true everyday!

Finally, key players in the convergence industry are starting to take the next step beyond the debate of what all should be included in a converged network (wireless, fixed, and more) and how should the converged networks be accessed.

The enterprise networks offering a multitude of business communications services running on an IP network and seamlessly traveling across the Enterprise WAN, Private MPLS and/or Public Network, are the true test of convergence as we all know. Global-i Consulting's thought is that finally the leaders in the Convergence Industry are starting to understand that the time has come to speed up the network across the wireless and wired ecosystems. The BYOD progression in a Cloud ecosystem are starting to make this more and more evident every day. The chipsets in the diverse device portfolio (mobile computing devices - tablets, smartphones, laptops, IP Phones, video consoles, soft clients, app store driven applications and more) are processing applications with a faster throughput which seem to stay at par on the fixed networks, but falling behind on the wireless networks causing network congestion and a lower QoS across the entire network. The leading converged vendors need to understand the network evolution mapped with the device evolution and applications evolution on top of them in a Cloud connected world soon moving towards Machine-to-Machine (M2M) environment needs to offer a seamless Quality-of-Service across the full network, yet allowing the Bring-your-own-Device philosophy to make the networks as accessible in ever-growing richer application and Internet content environment.

Global-i Consulting's emerging and evolving position on this thought is that CIOs will be happy to see the fixed networks slowly get phased out of their network and the OEMs will need to demonstrate how they will manage this evolution. Especially, Cisco has been delivering to the market several products to tackle these issues, such as the Aironet 3600 access point and its CleanAir technology, and can work with the customers to put more and more of these kinds of unified solutions in their portfolio sooner than later.

Global-i Consulting (www.globaliconsulting.com) helps OEM, Enterprise, Service Provider and all other entities part of Converged Solution Development, Solution Delivery to market and Solution Deployment. Visit our contact us page to get more information on how we can help.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Cloud Computing is a Model for IT organizations to capitalize and providers to generate new revenues

We all know Cloud Computing is all still new but gaining fast traction among customers. We see Cloud Providers, Cloud Infrastructure OEMs, Cloud Software Developers and Cloud Integrators pitching their evolving Cloud offerings to customers with their twist and taste of what they think Cloud can do for their customers. So, by now everyone knows Cloud is not a Pure-Technology that is being brought about by unique technologies based Hardware, Software, Networks, Devices, etc. Indeed the most pitching is from the Cloud Providers who have the responsibility of explaining their solution offerings, proving their models and understanding the Cloud Model fit for their customer's needs and environment. However, Cloud OEMs can't be left far behind as they need to solutionize their Cloud Products into workable solutions for Cloud Providers. Finally, Cloud Customers are at their end trying to develop the Cloud Architecture they feel will get them the Provider's Value Propositions to agree with their ROI justifications. All in all seems like there seems to be growing an ecosystem of Cloud Models all over the place with pretty different Model Values, Designs and agreeable Value Data Points. Our thoughts have been no different then what we see is evolving in the marketplace which is to drive the Cloud Equation to be of an Optimal Service Values with Flexible Service Levels and Scalable Cloud Architecture resulting in the Optimal Cloud Return on Investment (i.e. Cloud ROI = Current Optimal Service Values + Flexible Service Levels + Scalable Cloud Roadmap over the life of the Cloud Use Cases).


The Cloud Equation seems to be the hardest to achieve as the confusion pretty soon Clouds-up (in this literally meaning "Clouds up") when applied to the Customer's Decision Matrix especially tied to Cloud Provider Selection and Cloud Deployment. Our Solutions-based approach is to inject the Cloud Model into the Customer's Cloud Requirements and Business Roadmap. Focusing on the Cloud Vs. On-Premise Hosted Application Feasibilities seems to be the way to go with the Critical Decision around Cloud Security. This is the way to go via a "Highly Adaptive Consulting Approach utilizing rapid Prototyping". I have lately seen major Cloud Providers and others building their models around what seems fitting: Public, Private and/or Hybrid. Seems like the first-to-market and fastest-to-market cloud providers for Storage and ERP sorts of applications are having the success to keeping the Cloud Decision-to-Implementation timeline as short as possible resulting in quick generation of Cloud-based revenues. However, all other types of Cloud applications from Carrier-based Cloud Applications in the areas of Voice, Data, Video, Security, Billing, OSS-BSS to Mobile and M2M Clouds to Utility Clouds to traditional Application Hosting in the areas of ERP, CRM, Emails, Web assets to other IT assets seem to be working hard to generate the much needed momentum to move their offerings to an Opex-based model where the key enthusiasm for CIOs, CFOs, CTOs and other CXOs are in saving Capex-costs to upgrade their IT needs.

Simply put the notion of Cloud for Storage is moving into further Cloud Application areas where organizations are seeing a quick way to take not only their internal IT needs but also their customer offerings of their traditional Premise-based Solutions to market in a way that Speed-to-Market = Much Needed Revenues (or Cost Savings) for their Organizations (Internal IT Organization Cost Savings and/or Revenues from External Customer and Partner Offerings). The critical elements to a successful Cloud Computing Deployment needs to look at the following: Physical data center and optimization, Provisioning of hardware and software solutions, Hosting and Co-location, Infrastructure as a services, Platform as a service, Software as a service, COTs On-demand Software, Custom software development and deployment in the cloud, Cloud APIs to manage disparate Clouds & On-Premise applications, Application modernization and rehosting, Modular Data center Provisioning and Management for Pilot and Full Deployment.

We are excited to be part of this fast evolving Cloud Ecosystem working with OEMs and Providers to develop their Cloud Offerings and Go-to-Market Models and with End-Customers IT Organizations (Enterprise, SMB, Government, Utilities and all other Verticals) to make them quick adopters of Opex-based Models (i.e. “Killer Cloud Deployments”). No matter if they are Telephony Clouds, Data Clouds, Video Clouds, Mobility Clouds, Utility Clouds, SAN Clouds, ERP Clouds and the list goes on - we are here to help CIOs, CTOs, CFOs, Product Organizations, Marketing Organizations, Engineering & Operations Organizations, Partner Organizations and the rest of the ecosystem entities utilizing our thought and execution leadership.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The Top Challenges To A Successful Mobile Deployment (Netmotion Wireless)

Netmotion Wireless showcased their Mobile VPN solution. They also discussed customer success stories. The vendor and the customers adoptions showed an interesting approach to a successful deployment of their solution. With the plethora of connections (3G, 4G, LTE, WiMax, Wifi, In-building Wireless and more) the need to have a common platform for managing the resources across a wireless network for multiple applications (ie integrated to 3rd party apps) is indeed an optimized approach to mobile resources management. Customers are constantly asking their carrier partners to provide needed connectivity over a wide area and where the carriers can't having their solutions in place the need for custom solution is a viable solution. The Netmotion solution was touted by customers as a smart approach to managing resources across a wide area network of disparate connections. The key across customer deployments (Enterprise, Verticals including Law Enforcements, etc) is how CIOs see the evolution of their network and best-practices resources management across the network.
Critical ability to assess network requirements, vision the desired solution, design, plan, partner, develop and deploy the ideal solution is the key to successfully utilizing mobile management solutions. Understanding the CIO vision and designing the solution in partnership with the most fitting vendor solution(s) on the market results in vision and roadmap alignment satisfying the stakeholder needs across the enterprise. Other critical elements to a successful full-lifecycle deployment from an end-to-end perspective are: Vendor Evaluations, Vendor Management, RFI/RFP Development, Contract Negotiation and Program & Project Management across Proof-of-Concepts/Pilots, Full Deployment and Service Expansion activities.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Global-i Thoughts on the Emerging Datacom & Cloud Services

Once again the super-charged world of Data Services saw some light at a TelecomHub's "Data Demands: Making a Strong Comeback" event last week.


The details of this event hosted by TelecomHub in Tysons Corner, Virginia is pasted below. By the way Global-i Consulting is now a participative member at this prestigious Industry Group. Check us out on their list of Participating Members by visiting their site at
http://www.telecomhub.org/participants.aspx?tab=participants

Global-i is committed via our Consulting Practice & Services in the Data Solutions space. As we know IP Trunking is gaining more and more momentum every day, so are other hot areas of Data Communications such as MPLS, Data Center Services, Backhaul, Enterprise Clouds, Government Clouds and Clouds in all emerging areas - Telephony Clouds, Video Clouds, Mobile Clouds, Storage Clouds and more. New competitors are getting active by offering SIP Trunking, VoIP Providers, Video Over IP Providers and more.

We see seven areas of focus as these technologies quickly shake out in the near term:

1. Virtualization impacting Computing Models and Costs

2. How to leverage New Data & Cloud Technologies, Datacenters

3. What applications can be virtualized

4. How to create smarter and more efficient Networks - Point-to-Point, Point-to-Multipoint, Campus Networks, WANs, MANs, Global Networks, Distance Learning, Higher Education Networks, Smart Grids, etc

5. Best-fit Data and Cloud Vendors

6. Roadmap for Emerging Data & Cloud Services

7. How to plan, acquire and deploy all this

At this early stage of New Data & Cloud Services development and deployment we encourage Vendors and Customers (OEMs, Telcos, Cable MSOs, Wireless Carriers, Enterprise, Vertical and Government Customers) to conduct Service Prototyping and Proof-of-Concept (Customer Trials) deployments.

Reach us at datasolutions@globaliconsulting.com for more info on how we can help. For more info visit our site at
http://www.globaliconsulting.com/

Friday, September 30, 2011

Global-i's Thoughts & Consulting Services on M2M: The World of Connected Devices

It was interesting to hear the evolving perspectives on M2M or Machine-to-Machine at a TelecomHub event on this topic last week.

The details of this event hosted by TelecomHub in Tysons Corner, Virginia is pasted below. By the way Global-i Consulting is now a participative member at this prestigious Industry Group. Check us out on their list of Participating Members by visiting their site at http://www.telecomhub.org/participants.aspx?tab=participants

Global-i is heavily committed via our Consulting Practice & Services in the evolving M2M space. Just as Ericsson's CEO Hans Vestberg we also believe that M2M will move the vendor community into new markets and outstrip growth in its traditional areas. M2M is huge as we also see it! Wireless Carriers and all other Carriers will see a traffic surge along with new application revenues in conjunction with Energy and Utilities Providers, Enterprise companies, Vertical Market companies, Government agencies and individual Consumers.

We see four areas of focus as this technology quickly shakes out in the near term:

1. Smart-Grid, Smart-Metering and Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) related to Utilities & Energy Service Provider Side
2. M2M Applications on the Enterprise, Government/Municipal Services and Vertical Markets Side
3. The 2nd area above leading into Mobile Clouds (Private and Hybrid Clouds) for Enterprise and Vertical Market Platforms & Applications Ecosystem including Development, Hosting and Management (including Cloud Billing)
4. M2M Applications on the Consumer Side with high penetration of Home Automation and Related Application areas such as (M2M on Automobiles and more)

At this early stage of M2M development and deployment we encourage Vendors (M2M Infrastructure, Chipset/Sim Cards, Devices, Meters and Platform/Applications) to conduct Application Prototyping and Proof-of-Concept (Customer Trials) deployments.

Reach us at m2mpractice@globaliconsulting.com for more info on how we can help. For more info visit our site at http://www.globaliconsulting.com/

Friday, September 23, 2011

Global-i Consulting Opens a Key Office in UAE

Global-i has yet again created presence in another global location (this time in the prosperous UAE region)!

As discussions and interactions with Telecom, Satcom and related clients has significantly increased over the last several quarters in the UAE region, Global-i has felt and met the need of having a physical presence in the region. I'm happy to report that our newly win customers are quite excited already on this announcement.

Accordingly, after much careful screening we selected Dubai as our UAE location. Dubai is an international city and hub of diverse clientbase in this region. We are happy to have presence there now to not only meet the needs of new clients in this region, but utilize our presence here to operate our delivery center for clients region-wide.

Communications Service Providers (CSPs) be them providers of Satellite Communications, Wireless Communications, Wireline Communications, Internet Services or large/mid Enterprises and Public-Sector clients, we are now in Dubai to meet your needs.

Global-i Dubai Office Contact Info is below:

Dubai: Sales Office and Global-i Delivery Center



Level 41, Emirates Tower


Sheikh Zayed Road


Dubai 72127 U.A.E.


Phone: +001-703-574-2917 (Call our Main Office in Herndon, Virginia, USA for reaching our Dubai office)


Email: uaeoffice@globaliconsulting.com

Website: www.globaliconsulting.com


Feel free to connect with us to have a face to face introductory meeting. We will shake our hands with your team and conduct a Corporate Presentation and discuss our Capabilities and discover your needs/challenges across all our Consulting and Outsourcing Services in detail.

For further info on our Dubai Office Opening announcement, please also visit our Press Release on the web by clicking here.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Global-i M&A Practice - a "Real-Value" for Clients going through Complex M&A Integration in the Telecom & IT Industry

Finally, we got our act together and launched the Global-i M&A Practice for Telecom, Wireless, Cable, Satcom, IT and all other clients in related industries. As M&A activity intensified we wanted to hurry up and offer Merging clients the opportunity to have a vendor in the Domain-based Consulting and Outsourcing Services space to offer M&A led integration activities.

We have taken a complete 360 approach (click here for Newly Launched M&A Practice Website) at how the Merged Entities can implement M&A-based Full-Lifecycle Solutions for their business, consumer and wholesale customers and position them stronger for Post-Merger Objectives.

We are here to help CSPs (Telcos, Wireless SPs, Cable SPs, Satcom SPs and all other SPs), SIs, MSPs, OEMs, ODMs, ISVs, Enterprise (including all vertical and government) clients.

Comprehensive and efficient planning, development and deployment strategies and implementation teams are the focus on what needs to be on the desk of the Technology Industry Executives and how they can capitalize on quickly facilitating:


  • Strategy Integration
  • Product & Service Integration
  • Brand Integration
  • Market & Channel Integration
  • Operations & IT Integration
  • Partner & Vendor Integration
  • Program & Project Management
  • Organizational Integration

As the industry prepares for 2011 and beyond and the competition intensifies, we would like to ensure Service Providers, OEMs, Enterprise and other entities going through a Merger & Acquisition Integration have us at their disposal. At this critical time of the year we would like to encourage clients to utilize us as part of their resource base for Consulting, Contracting and Outsourcing Services across the Full-Lifecycle via Global's:

  • Strategy Services
  • Architecture and Design Services
  • Product Development
  • Service Introductions and Go-to-Market Services
  • Market Development and Market Expansion Services
  • Integration/Deployment/ Implementation Services
  • Engineering Services
  • Program and Project Management Services
  • Business Transformation/Change Management/Organizational Development Services
  • Growth Services & Channel Partner Services and more
To initiate a discussion on how we can help your merging business succeed, request a meeting with us by:

Sending us an email at MergerPractice@globaliconsulting.com
or
Call our main office in Herndon, Virginia, USA at 703-574-2917 for US/Global clients and 1-888-931-1117 Toll-Free number for US clients



Visit our Practice Launch on the Web at http://conta.cc/pHH0OR